NCAA Tournament

Louisville-Kentucky preview

5:09 Saturday | Chs. 5, 13; WHB (810 AM) Frontcourt Edge >> Kentucky Backcourt

Marquis Teague runs the point for Kentucky and plays the most minutes for the Wildcats. He averages 4.8 assists per game, and has a 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio in his last 20 games. Doron Lamb, the shooting guard, is averaging 16.8 points per game in the NCAA Tournament. Peyton Siva was voted Most Outstanding Player of the 2012 Big East Tournament and has averaged 11.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.9 steals in four NCAA Tournament games. It’s going to take some three-point shooting for Louisville to win, and Chris Smith made 40 percent of his three-point attempts this season.

Edge >> Kentucky Bench

Kentucky’s Darius Miller, a 6-8 senior, was voted SEC Sixth Man of the Year and averages 10.0 points per game coming off the bench. Freshman forward Kyle Wiltjer averages 5.1 points. And though he doesn’t contribute much, you’ve got to love the name of freshman Sam Malone. The Cards’ bench doesn’t go very deep. Jared Swopshire, a 6-8 junior from St. Louis, is the top front-line reserve and got 12 rebounds in a Big East tournament game against Marquette. Sophomore guard Russ Smith ranks 19th in the nation in steals with 2.2 per game.

Edge >> Kentucky Coaching
COACHING: Louisville Bottom line

Kentucky, the only No. 1 seed left, is the most talented team in the field and only the inexperience of their young players and Calipari’s penchant for losing the big game could keep them from reaching Monday night’s final. That could be the game in which Calipari’s magic runs out.

Prediction:

Kentucky 84-74

Randy Covitz,rcovitz@kcstar.com
P No. Louisville Ht. Yr. PPG

F

14

Kyle Kuric

6-4

Sr.

12.7

F

24

Chane Behanan

6-6

Fr.

9.5

C

10

Gorgui Dieng

6-11

So.

9.2

G

3

Peyton Siva

6-0

Jr.

9.1

G

5

Chris Smith

6-2

Sr.

9.7

• ABOUT LOUISVILLE (30-9):

After losing four of six, the Cardinals got on a roll, winning eight straight, starting with the Big East Conference tournament. The Cards have not lost since wearing their new, bright, Infrared uniforms in the Big East tournament. Louisville won 30 games for the sixth time in school history, and the first time since 2008-09, when the Cards went 31-6 and reached the Elite Eight.

P No. Kentucky Ht. Yr. PPG

F

14

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

6-7

Fr.

12.0

F

3

Terrence Jones

6-9

So.

12.6

C

23

Anthony Davis

6-10

Fr.

14.3

G

25

Marquis Teague

6-2

Fr.

10.0

G

20

Doron Lamb

6-4

So.

13.6

• ABOUT KENTUCKY (36-2):
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